By Stephen Emond
Dec. 5, 2011
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 336 pages
Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.
Garden State meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.
— Amazon.com description
This was the perfect book to help me into my little baby steps toward reading a graphic novel. My only experience with one so far was Maus in one of my many college literature classes, and I don’t know — maybe you can tell from reading this blog — but mouses in the Holocaust just isn’t my favorite, per se.
ANYWAY, thank goodness for Winter Town. It’s an illustrated YA novel, not so much a graphic novel. Just beautiful images at the start of every chapter, and bits of cartoons interspersed throughout.
The black-and-white, snow-covered drawings really reflected the darker, cold tone of the book.
But don’t get me wrong, it isn’t depressing. It’s just…emo. Truly, Emond did a great job here at embracing the endearing, witty, emo-boy ‘tude. The voice is right one — the type of voice John Green and David Levithan fans would probably enjoy, but maybe more approachable (aka not as many big words and pop culture name-dropping).
And, happily, at the end, I was feeling hopeful. A pleasant, wintery read.
PS: Check out that book cover — gorgeous! The snow is made out of the trash from a hole punch. So brilliant.